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Thursday, February 20, 2014

It's Always Hotter When You're In Texas...

Happy Thursday All,

Today is the one-year death anniversary of my friend, Sarah.
 
However, given that she was also a fan of Christie Craig, I can't think of a better day to post a book review of one of Christie's novels.

So I dedicate this review to Sarah. I think she would've liked this novel.

Christie Craig’s Hotter In Texas series kicked off with Dallas’s book, Only In Texas, continued with Tyler’s Blame It On Texas, and it finishes with a bang with Austin’s Texas Hold ‘Em.

Austin is a man on a mission. 

He and his buddies, Dallas and Tyler of the Only In Texas P.I. firm were framed for a crime they never committed. Swearing vengeance on the evil-doer, Rafael DeLuna, the trio vowed to bring the criminal to justice.

In order to do that they need info on DeLuna’s whereabouts. Roberto—a man with his own agenda—has been their informant, but Austin is concerned. He’s not sure whether or not the can trust Roberto.

So...

Austin hatches a plan. He decides to go and check out DeLuna’s half-sister, Leah Reece. 

Strictly business. No hanky-panky, and no falling for her. It's not going to happen, period the end...

Especially when

He finds out Ms. Reece is Dr. Reece of a cat-specialty clinic. And Austin is deathly afraid of cats. Having had his ear nearly scratched off when he was 4 years old, he’s learned to avoid all felines.

However, 

A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. So he pulls himself together and befriends Leah.

Leah never expected

to have such a good looking neighbor, or to even want to have anything to do with him. Her main priority is protecting her younger brother, Luis, and getting out from under her school loans so that her clinic can keep itself afloat.

She also never bargained 

on her apartment being bugged, or broken into…or falling for the hot neighbor.

Chaos, water guns, and cats collide in this installment of the Hotter In Texas novels.

The question is…

can love conquer all…and will justice be served? Or is it all just going to be one big catastrophe?

Find out in 

Texas Hold ‘Em, now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, also iBookstore, and All Romance, as well as Kobo.


Have A Thrillingly Tip-Top Thursday!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Spotlight On Author: Marie Hall

Happy Tuesday All,

Please forgive me. This post is several days late, and I'm embarrassed about that. Unfortunately, the day that I was planning to post it, I was too busy PR-ing this author's release (and a couple of other authors' releases) that it slipped my mind. Then Offspring got sick, then the weekend came (and I usually don't post on the weekends). However, I'm posting it NOW.

I met author Marie Hall through Facebook and Twitter after having enjoyed 1-2 of her titles. I've been reading her Kingdom novels, which are fairy-tale based. They deal with characters that are either seen as villains or not quite heroes. The first novel of hers
I read was Her Mad Hatter (which you can get on Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook--I think you can still get it for free, I haven't looked at the links in a while), and have since moved on to several of her other titles.

Marie is a fun, vivacious person and I was thrilled to pieces (figuratively speaking, I didn't actually break into pieces) when she agreed to this interview.

So without any further delays, I give you...Marie Hall:


Me:  You write a lot of stories dealing with fantasy, fairy-tales, and myths, what is it about those topics that made you want to write in the genres?

Marie:  I love Disney well, more than Disney I love fairy tales. Grimm, old legends, Disney, doesn't matter. I just love them, I love the darkness of them. And have always felt, even when I was little, that there had to be two sides to every story. So when I grew up I realized I wanted to explore that more, little did I know there were other readers just like me who had a soft spot for the bad boys of the tales.

Me:  You've got your heroes--Danika's "Bad Boys" novels (KINGDOM series) with Hatter, Gerard (note:  Gerard is from Marie's version of Beauty & The Beast), Captain Hook, The Big Bad Wolf, and a genie. I've noticed you mention Rumpelstiltskin being worked on and The Huntsman's book is out (available now) any others on the horizon? (And do you have a release date for Rumpelstiltskin's novel?)

Marie:  Rumpelstiltskin's novel will release in April as a matter of fact. :) As to who else will be in my books, I can tell you that I plan to return to the Sea of Seren, I love mermen and don't think they get nearly enough love. ;) I'm also very keen to explore other darker characters, but I won't be giving away their identities just yet as I've noticed that because my writing style is very organic, who I choose to write about switches from book to book. I leave myself open to the possibility of anyone and that way the monsters tend to surprise even me. :)

Me:  Do you have a favorite out of all your novels or is it too hard to choose? And if you do have a favorite, which one is it and why?

Marie:  If I had to choose based on what I've written in KINGDOM thus far I'd say Hook. I've always been in love with Captain Hook, mainly because I've felt he's gotten a seriously bum wrap thanks to that impish Peter Pan. But future characters, I'm seriously excited to explore Rumpel, he's just really a million shades of grey and that's exciting to me.

Me: What is your advice to aspiring authors?

Marie:  Keep writing. You only get better with each book, write what you want to read, and most importantly keep it fun!

Me:   Fun Question:  What special treat keeps you going?

Marie:  Fan email. I seriously thrive on that stuff. Writing is a really solitary profession. Interacting with readers, seeing how my books have affected them, man there is nothing better. Knowing that my books aren't just read in the States, or Canada, or Australia, but as far as the UAE, Poland, Lithuania, South Africa, Denmark, France, Brazil, Japan...wow, just wow, that's not even the half of the places I've gotten fan letters from. I can't believe how far my little books have gotten, makes me rather proud to know so many amazing men and women in so many different parts of the world!

Me:   What other stories are percolating in that incredible imagination of yours?

Marie:  This is the year I'll be focusing on my existing series. I plan to release a lot more KINGDOM and NIGHT novels, I also hope to wrap up my CHAOS TIME books.

Me:  What's your favorite thing about writing?

Marie:  That while it's a lot of work, it's so much fun I wake up each morning excited to get back to it. I'm living the dream and I'm so thankful for that.

Me:   Fun question:  If you could enter any fairy-tale, which one would it be and why?

Marie:  Ooh, toss up between Hatter and Hook. I love Wonderland and Neverland, so it really is a toughie.

Me:   Did you always want to be a writer?

Marie:  No, LOL. I actually did horrible in English in school. But when I realized that unless I started to write I'd never get to read fairy tale books like I wanted I decided it was time to learn. My first book ever written (Back in '99) was a very loose adaptation of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. The book is awful..LOL, as most first books are and it will never see the light of day, but it's also near and dear to my heart because that is the book that lit the fire and made me realize my calling in life. 

Me:  Anything else you'd like to add?

Marie:  If you'd like to know about me, my works, or if you'd like to sign up for my Newsletter make sure to visit my blog. WWW.MARIEHALLWRITES.BLOGSPOT.COM!
Happy reading!

Thank you so much, Marie, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule (I've seen her Facebook posts, folks, and this woman is incredible!) 

I'm going to be reading (soon) Moon's Flower in preparation of reading her brand-new release (released on Feb. 10, 2014), Huntsman's Prey, available on Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook. (Marie actually recommended I read Moon's Flower before Huntsman's Prey, so that's why I'm going in that order).

Hope everyone has a totally terrific Tuesday!